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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chang Ching Thon  

Academic Post : Associate Professor
Date Joining UNIMAS : 22th December 1997
Qualifications : PhD (Community Health) UNIMAS Master of Nursing (Australia), Bachelor of Nursing Science (UM), Advanced Nursing Certificate in Education (UM), Certificate of Health Visitor and School Health Nurse (Public Health Institute, Kuala Lumpur), Certificate of Midwife, General Nursing Certificate
Citizen : Malaysian
Appointment Status : Permanent
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Telephone : 082-581000 ext:5312



Working Experiences

  • Associate Professor, UNIMAS – Since 1st December 2007
  • Senior Lecturer, UNIMAS 1st December 2007 till current
  • Lecturer, UNIMAS  - 1997 to 2007
  • Tutor, UNIMAS – 1996 to 1997
  • 1985 – 1996 – Nursing Tutor, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • 1981 – 1985 – Health Visitor, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • 1977 – 1981 – Staff Nurse


Current Academic Responsibility

  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator, Master of Nursing Programme, heading the department in curriculum writing 
  • Course Coordinator
  • Member of Faculty Student Development Committee
  • Student Exchange Programme Coordinator
  • Joint-appointee, Medical Education Unit, FPSK
  • Supervision of Master thesis and under-graduate students’ research project
  • Examiner for undergraduate research projects and master thesis


Research Interests and Projects

  • Obesity & physical activities
  • Tuberculosis
  • Coronary disease risk factors
  • An intervention study using Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) applies to physical activities in an overweight and obese adult population. Part of Universiti Sains Malaysia Research University Grant (Team) entitled Physical activity and sustainable health: Nutritional status, community wellbeing and environmental enhancement (1001/PPSK/852002). RM200,000.00 (1.12 2011 – 30.11. 2014).  
  • Factors associated with physical activity levels among adolescents attending school in Kuching Division, Sarawak. Funded by Sarawak Heart Foundation RM20,000.00 (August 2012 to June 2013).

Project (2011 - completed)

  • Nutrition study for UNEP/GEF – conservation and sustainable use of cultivated and wild tropical fruit diversity: Promoting sustainable livelihood, food security and ecosystem services


Jump to: Dissertations | Books | Articles


  • Transtheoretical Model of Change for weight control in Malaysia context


  • Chang, CT, Chang, KH. (2001) “ The Relationship between hostility and coronary heart disease” in Scientific Journey Through Borneo, Crocker Range National Park, Sabah” Volume 2: 177-186. Edited By Ghazally Ismail & Lamri Ali, December 2001, Asean Academic Press

Journal articles:

  • Chang CT, Lee PY, Cheah WL. (2012). The Prevalence of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the Young and Middle-Aged Rural Population in Sarawak, Malaysia.   Malays J Med Sci. Apr-Jun 2012; 19(2): 27-34
  • WL Cheah, Nurul Bahariah D, CT Chang.  Perceptions of receiving bad news about cancer among bone cancer patients in Sarawak General Hospital -  A descriptive study.  Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences  Malays J Med Sci. Jul-Sep 2012; 19(3): 57-63
  • WL Cheah, CT Chang, S Rosalia.  Environment factors associated with adolescents body mass index, physical activity and physical fitness in Kuching South City, Sarawak – a cross-sectional study.  International Journal of Adolescent and Medicine Health. 2012. doi: 10.1515/IJAMH.2012.048
  • WL Cheah, N Giloi, CT Chang, JF Lim.  The perception, level of safety satisfaction and safety feedback on occupational safety and health management among hospital staff nurses in Sabah State Health Department. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences.  Malays J Med Sci. Jul-Sep 2012; 19(3): 57-63
  • PY Lee, WL Cheah, CT Chang, Siti Raudzah G.  Childhood Obesity, Self-Esteem and Health-Related Quality Of Life among Urban Primary Schools Children in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.  Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (in press).
  • Cheah WL, Wan Abdul Manan W, Zabidi-Hussin Z, Chang CT. (2010). Factors Associated with Undernutrition among Children in Rural District of Kelantan, Malaysia. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health.  doi: 10.1177/1010539510380737
  • Cheah WL, Chang CT, Rosalia S, Charles LD, Jody Yii SL, Tiong PH, Yeap KP. (2011). The relationship between media use, and body mass index among secondary students in Kuching South City, Sarawak, Malaysia.  The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences. Malaysian J Medical Sci, 18(3):33 -42
  • Cheah WL, Wan Abdul Manan W, Zabidi-Hussin Z, Chang CT.  Development of a questionnaire for the study of malnutrition among children in rural Kelantan, Malaysia. Rural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1155. Available from: http://www.rrh.org.au (electronic version)
  • Chang CT & Chang KH & Cheah WL (2009). Adults’ perceptions of being overweight or obese: a focus group study. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 18(2):257-264
  • Chang, CT. (2007) Applicability of the stages of change and weight efficacy lifestyle questionnaires with native of Sarawak, Malaysia. The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Practice and Policy. http://www,rrh.org.au (electronic version)
  • Chang, CT & Esterman A.(2007). Diagnostic delay among pulmonary tuberculosis patient in Sarawak, Malaysia: a cross-sectional study. The International Electronic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Practice and Policy. http://www,rrh.org.au (electronic)
  • Chang CT& Chang KH, (2003).  The Relationship between hostility and coronary heart disease in highland and urban popupation of Sabah: A comparative study. ASEAN Review of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation. 6 pages available: http://www.arbec.com.my/pdf/art12janmar03.pdf


Involvement in Professional Organization

  • Lay Elected Member, Board of Director, Asia Pacific International University, Thailand
  • Panel Member, Malaysian Qualification Agency
  • External Examiner, Nursing Programme, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur
  • Life member, Malaysian Nurses Association
  • Life member, Anti Tuberculosis Association Sarawak (ATAS)
  • Life member, Sarawak Red  Crescent Society
  • Journal Reviewer
  • The International Electonic Journal of Rural and Remote Health Research, Education, Practice and  Policy
  • Journal of Academy of Medicine, Singapore (occasional)
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (occasional)
  • Malaysian Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Participation in Continuing Education and Services

  • Speaker for Malaysia Nurses Association
  • Member of Nursing Programme Continuing Professional Development  Committee
  • Member of Health Screening Team, Serian Pathfinder Club
  • Present talks to the public

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